This project explores the interaction between custom and human rights in the Pacific, including New Zealand, by articulating some of the issues arising from this interaction and how the two can inform each other.
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Published 16 Oct 2006
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Custom and Human Rights are embedded in many Pacific constitutions or statues, yet the two concepts are often percieved as conflicting. The focus of this study is the practical operation of justice mechanisms, including both the courts and the wide range of community justice bodies found in the Pacific. Development of a Pacific jurisprudence will only occur as Pacific nations find ways to better intergrate these two sources of law.
- Published 16 Oct 2006
Although custom and human rights are commonly seen as conflicting in the Pacific region, the two can often be harmonised, the Law Commission suggests in a study paper released 16th October 2006.
- Published 22 May 2006
The summary document sets out the ideas the Commission has been exploring as to ways in which custom and human rights might be better harmonised in the Pacific. The Commission welcomes any comments on the summary document and the ideas in it. The summary document is available by clicking on the heading above. The closing date for submissions and comments is Tuesday 20 June 2006. Submissions are now closed.